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trailer world Issue One 2012

    Issue One 2012  7 PanoramaPhotos:FlughafenBerlinBrandenburg,,BPW  Royal meeting in Glasgow: At the presentation of the Transport News Awards Steve Turton, Managing Director of BPW Limited, met Princess Anne. BPW sponsors the “Scot- tish Fleet of the Year Award”, which this year went to Caledo- nian Logistics. At a fundraising event, over £ 5,500 was col- lected for projects of the aid organisation Transaid: amongst other things for training for professional drivers, to improve safety on Africa’s roads. Aid for Africa  Twelve established heavy and special transport companies with branches in Germany and Aus- tria have come together to form the “Big Move”, a European net- work for special transport tasks. In October last year, the Technology Committee of the Big Move group visited BPW. The members took the opportunity for factory tours in Wiehl, Hunsheim and Brücher- mühle, and got to know the trailer disc brake ECO Disc and the steer- ing axle technology for trailers. »Big Move« hosted in Wiehl  BPW’s newest trading com- pany BPW Trailer Systems India started off the year 2012 with a highlight: At the beginning of January, the 11th International AUTO EXPO 2012 took place in New Delhi. More than 1,100 ex- hibitors from around the world presented their products here at the largest automotive exhibition in India. BPW India presented itself with several exhibits. The motto of the exhibition was “Mo- bility for all” – no small challenge in India, with its population of over 1.2 billion people.  Agritechnica 2011 in Hanover drew attention to the global im- portance of agriculture and ag- ricultural technology. BPW also attended this major exhibition, presenting several new products. New in New Delhi and Hanover BPW wants to expand in the Indian market.  Most German carriers can be satisfied with the current order situation. But the ongoing European financial crisis still gives many a rather insecure feeling. How will the economy develop in the fu- ture? The 9th Wiehl Forum explored this question in autumn of last year under the main topic of “The complex world of logistics – With flexibility to suc- cess”, and was attended by experts and 120 guests. Chairman Björn Helmke, editor in chief of the “DVZ Deutsche Logistik-Zeitung”, described the situation quite pithily with the words: “The industry stands with its feet in ice water, and its head in the oven.” Nobody wanted to venture a forecast as to ex- actly where this journey will lead in the coming months and years. One thing is certain: Costs are increasing, amongst other things due to the Euro 6 truck standard and the shortage of drivers. The companies that show courage and respond counter-cyclically to market developments will be the ones that are viable for the future - this was the conclusion of the forum. Industry experts at the Wiehl Forum (top), BPW Sales Director Dr. Bert Brauers (bottom). At the award ceremony: Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Derek and Scott Mitchell (of Caledonian Logistics) and Steve Turton. Flexibility and courage are needed Wiehl Forum